Helvetica ™ is one of the most popular fonts of all time. Its neutral look gives the content a chance to carry the meaning of the message. It is a very legible typeface and therefore is used for a wide variety of applications. Helvetica ™ is a registered trademark of Monotype and can be purchased from here. Although Helvetica ™ and Helvetica Neue ™ are commercial typefaces and cannot be downloaded for free, there are other quality font families very close to them that can be downloaded here without any charge. You can see them in the above image. As you can see the resemblance between these fonts and Helvetica ™ font is striking. There is also an image with all of these fonts writing the famous sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” in the followings to ease the comparison. Find the download links in the bottom of this page if you do not wish to continue reading about Helvetica ™ (previously Neue Haas Grotesk).
Helvetica ™ and its expanded version , Helvetica Neue ™, are sans serif fonts ( fonts which do not have the small strokes at the end of characters). The main difference between Helvetica ™ and the fonts which were inspired by it is in letters such as “G”, “J”, “Q” and “R”, and also in the spacing between the letters. Arial, which is arguably the closest successor of Helvetica ™, is already available on many computers and comes free with popular operating systems such as Windows and Mac. Helvetica ™ itself can be found free of charge on Mac computers.
Helvetica ™ and Helvetica Neue ™ come in a variety of weights such as ultra light, thin, light, roman, medium, bold, heavy and black. The width of fonts in this family is different in compressed, condensed and normal versions. These fonts come in oblique, italic and normal slopes.
Helvetica ™ has an interesting history. It has even been the subject of a documentary which is really rare for a font! To read more about its history and important usages see here.
As you can see, there are seven font families close to Helvetica ™ here. Other than Arial which is a commercial font, the rest can be downloaded and used for personal uses without paying any fees, but please read the license file before using the fonts for any other purposes.
Bitstream Vera Sans is a typeface from Bitstream Inc. It has four variations: roman, bold, italic, and bold italic. It has a very generous copyright and can be used for personal or commercial works. DejaVu Sans is another typeface from Bitstream Inc. It comes in eight different variations and is in the public domain (can be downloaded and used for personal and commercial works). Liberation Sans is a trademark of Red Hat, Inc. It has four variations and is in the public domain. Swansea is a font by Roger White. It has for variations and is free for personal use only. Tex Gyre Heros is from Gust Group. The file contains eight versions of the typeface in different weights and slopes and is in the public domain. Arimo is designed by Ascender Fonts. The font has four variations and can be used in personal and commercial works.
You can also download fonts very similar to Avenir from our website.